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Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden

28 May 2020

The senator who wrote Section 230 weighs in on the president’s executive order, which attacks social media platforms by aiming to reduce legal protections for the content their users post.

Trump signed an executive order Thursday that could take away social media companies’ current exemption from civil suits stemming from harmful content posted to the platforms by users. That exemption is part of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was written back in 1996 by Congressmen Ron Wyden of Oregon and Chris Cox of California and has been called the “internet’s First Amendment.”

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